tracking down a key taliban leader after being shot in the back he left a protected position to get a signal to radio for backup and, he and two other seals were killed that day along with 16 of his rescuers which also included seals and night stalkers with their helicopter, which was shot down. >> mortally wounded, lieutenant michael murphy found the time to say thank you in his final transmission to those directing assistance to his position. >> reporter: well, even when growing up, murphy's nickname was protector, because he stood up for kids who were billied and michael murphy's mother, maureen says the medal of honor, was always honorable, selfless and strong. >> people said to me, oh, you know, just a big dropout rate, don't worry about that and i said, oh, no, you don't know my mike. he never quits, he'll make whatever he sets out to do. he always sat in the back and even in school, he always rose to the top. i'm proud of him. >> reporter: so is america, really, the 9200-ton ship will be in new york city until tuesday and, the final home port will be in pearl harbor, hawaii.